Handyman Saitou in Another World Season 2 is one of the most anticipated sequel of the laidback isekai anime which recently ended and fans are already up with the demands for a second season.
So here’s everything we know so far regarding whether or not Handyman Saitou Season 2 will happen in 2023, as well as the likely release date.
The Japanese anime Handyman Saitou in Another World also known as “Benriya Saitou-san, Isekai ni Iku” in Japanese is an adaptation of the manga series written and illustrated by Kazutomo Ichitomo.
The story follows Saitou a Japanese young man who is skilled in various handcrafts is transported to a fantasy world where he is picked up by a group of unique adventures. Together they raid dungeons, build armour and solve mysteries.
Studio C2C animated the anime’s first season, officially running for 12 episodes from January 8, 2023, to March 26, 2023, on various local networks in Japan.
Crunchyroll streamed the anime outside of Japan with both sub and dub, and it received a positive reception from viewers and critics alike. Many praised it for its fresh take on the isekai genre drawing parallels to Isekai Ojisan and its vibrant cast of characters.
Overall it was considered a hit among the isekai fans.
Handyman Saitou in Another World Season 2 Release date and Countdown
As of March 2023, Handyman Saitou Season 2 doesn’t have a release date as it is not confirmed yet. However, if a new season is confirmed, it is likely to air sometime in mid-2025, or possibly in late-2025.
This is cause the second season premiered from January 2023 to March 2023 and it typically takes around 1-2 years to produce a new season.
As of now, no official announcements have been made yet, hence the readers need to keep in mind that these are just speculations.
But, keep an eye out for this space as we will update it as soon as something official is announced. We can expect the announcement in the next few months.
Handyman Saitou Season 2 Countdown:
Based on the following information, here is the countdown to the premiere of Handyman Saitou in Another World’s second season.
Handyman Saitou Season 2 Renewal Status: Confirmed or Cancelled
As of writing, Studio C2C, the publisher Kadokawa, or any other member of the production committee has not officially renewed the anime for a second season.
A lot of anime manage to get a new season right after the season finale but unfortunately, Handyman Saitou in Another World wasn’t one of them.
|Handyman Saitou in Another World Season 1||January 8, 2023|
|Handyman Saitou in Another World Season 2||Yet to be announced|
Production Studios consider various financial and commercial metrics before announcing a renewal and it is possible to speculate whether an anime will get a new season or not by carefully evaluating these three factors:
- Availability of source material
I have used the same method for Eminence in Shadow, Takagi-san and World Trigger and so far it has proven to work.
So now we will examine these factors to see if Handyman Saitou anime will get a sequel or not.
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Handyman Saitou in Another World anime is based on the manga written and drawn by Kazutomo Ichitomo.
It started publication in Kadokawa Shoten’s ComicWalker online manga reading in October 2018.
The first volume of the manga was released on July 22, 2019, and the latest issue came out on December 23, 2022.
A total of 8 volumes have been released so far, and the manga is still ongoing.
The first season of the anime covered 4 volumes out of 8, leaving us behind with 4 volumes which is more than enough to create another 12-episode season.
So those who are interested in continuing the manga after the anime can start from chapter 111 of volume 5 but I will suggest you start from the beginning cause the anime skipped some of the content from the first three volumes while completely ignoring a major chunk of the fourth volume.
Conclusion: Currently, there are 4 volumes of source material available to adapt, which is good news since the series has more than enough material for Studio C2C to start working on a new season right away.
Moreover, the series is still ongoing with a consistent release of new volumes, so that’s a big plus for getting a sequel.
Manga Sales and Profitability
Before we proceed, it’s important to understand that most of the anime we watch today are created primarily to promote and boost the sales of its source material (in this case manga).
Sales from the manga and related merchandise are the main source of income for the producers, while revenue from advertising fees, online streaming licensing, and Blu-ray sales are considered secondary
Typically, a 12-episode anime television series costs around $3,000,000 to produce.
Therefore, an anime has to make back this much money through merchandise sales and licensing fees to ensure a new season from the producers.
As of February 2023, Handyman Saitou in Another World had reached a circulation count of 700,000 copies across 8 volumes.
Conclusion: typically, a rom-com manga with 500,000 to 1,000,000 copies in circulation is considered successful, so Handyman Saitou manga is performing well with these sales numbers.
And now that the anime has finally ended, we can expect a large increase in manga sales, as many anime fans will be eager to find out what happens in the story after the anime finale. They will likely want to buy the manga volumes to continue the story and get more details about the characters and plot.
So we can expect the circulation count to surpass 1 million in the next couple of months.
Blu-ray/ DVDs and other Merchandise sales
While Blu-rays and DVDs are no longer key players in determining anime success as they used to be back in the 2010s, they are still a great tool to understand a show’s popularity among the general Japanese audience. In general, if an anime’s disc sales are over 3,000, a second season would be promising.
As for Handyman Saitou in Another World, the situation doesn’t look very promising.
The sales numbers for the first Blu-ray/DVD volume of Handyman Saitou were so low that it failed to even make it to Oricon’s weekly sales ranking which means it couldn’t even manage to sell more than 200 copies.
However, it’s important to note that Blu-ray sales are no longer the only measure of a show’s success, as streaming fees have become a more significant factor in the industry.
Conclusion: Based on the sales numbers, it appears that Handyman Saitou in Another World anime failed to make a profit for its producers through its home video release, which is not a promising sign for the show’s future.
However, it is possible that the show managed to recoup its production costs through licensing fees and merchandise sales, so there may still be hope for its continuation.
Popularity in Japan and the West
Handyman Saitou in Another World manga was already quite popular in Japan prior to the anime’s release, and its popularity has surged even further since then.
The anime’s debut in Japan was highly anticipated, and it quickly became one of the most-watched shows of the Spring 2022 season. It ranked top on several streaming websites, including the D-Anime Store and AbemaTV and was one of the most-talked shows on the internet.
On NicoVideo, Japan’s largest hosting site which is their version of YouTube, the premiere episode received over 169k views and 11k comments.
The debut run of the Handyman Saitou anime received a positive reception from fans in the west, with many viewers and critics praising it for being even better than the source material in some aspects.
The series has garnered positive reviews from viewers around the world, earning a solid score of 7.49 on MyAnimeList and ranking at #1989 in popularity, with more than 92k members in its MAL group.
It has also received a decent score of 6.9/10 on IMDb and a 70% approval rating on AniList. This shows that the show’s popularity is very high even though it is a young series.
In conclusion, the series gained a significant following in both Japan and the West and generated a ton of revenue from merchandise sales, indicating that it has a strong and loyal fanbase.
With enough source material and the potential to make even more sales, it is inevitable that Handyman Saitou Season 2 will be announced soon. It is no longer a question of if it will get a new season, but when it will get a new season.
What will happen in season 2?
Since the first season covered four volumes, the next season will begin with volume 5 of the manga.
In the next season, we will see Saitou and the squad explore more of the Labyrinth in search of treasure but somehow Raelza goes missing.
Amazon Japan describes the contents of volume 5 as such (Note: the following description is translated using the DeepL Japanese translator, there might be some degree of error in this translation):
“A new chapter has begun! Saito and his team’s search for the Grand Labyrinth begin once again!
The test will be in an unexplored area of the Grand Labyrinth,
Saito and his family’s “family ties” are to be tested in an unexplored area of the Grand Labyrinth!
Raelza the Warrior is missing: ……
In that case, the prior agreement was to abandon him.
Saito and his friends, who are once again challenging the Grand Labyrinth, hear rumours of a new treasure.
A headless knight (Dullahan) is lurking on the deeper levels. ……
What he is wearing is something every adventurer would like to have,
The “Golden Armor” is of immense value.
The guardians of the labyrinth, the seven-coloured knights “Nanashiki,” are under the direct control of the state.
The “Seven Knights of the Seven Colors,” the guardians of the labyrinth under the direct control of the state, are about to make a move on the mysterious golden knight!
Saito and his friends, who are short of money, head for the deeper levels of the Grand Labyrinth to obtain the “Golden Armor”.
However, they are separated from Raelza on the way.
The demons attack Raelza, who is now alone.
She wants to see Saito and the others again.
With this single-minded determination, Raelza struggles.
Meanwhile, Saito and the others, who have lost their vanguard, are faced with a choice. Whether or not to return home without Raelza.
The four of them make a decision to break out of this difficult situation.
To protect their precious family, they must overcome the ordeal.”
Handyman Saitou Season 2 Trailer
There is no trailer for Handyman Saitou Season 2 available yet to watch, but we will update this page if one gets released on their official youtube channel.
On the other hand, here’s a trailer for the first season, which you should watch to recall how memorable the previous one was.
Final Words !!
In summary, there is a good chance that Handyman Saitou in Another World Season 2 will happen. If that is the case, we should hear some news about it this year. But don’t expect the release date for the second season to be before 2023 since it takes time for a new season to be animated.
I will update the article next month if something has changed. In the meantime so you can check the same analysis I have done for other series: